Excerpt: We have covered, and will cover practically the whole spectrum of netbooks, for the sole reason that we think they are the future for mobile computing, at least for work purposes. Lenovo is one of the leading elements of that spectrum, and today we have their much coveted IdeaPad series with us, with the new IdeaPAd S10-3.
Excerpt: Who says you have to pick between a netbook and the coming onslaught of standalone tablet devices? Okay maybe some (eh hem Apple), but Lenovo's trying to have it both ways with the IdeaPad U1 and the S10-3t . In clamshell mode the S10-3t looks like any old 10-inch netbook, but swivel around its capacitive mulitouch display and it turns into that slate device you've been dreaming of.
Pros: Thin and light convertible design, Responsive capacitive touchscreen, New Intel Atom N470 processor
Excerpt: What do you do when you can’t decide between buying a netbook and buying one of these shiny new tablet devices? You may like having a physical keyboard for ease of typing, but you also like touchscreen interfaces for ease of use.
Summary: If the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t were simply a netbook, it would be a decent offering. It offers middle-of -the-road performance, a decent keyboard, and a compact, light weight case. I’d be happier with a larger touchpad and a more powerful battery, but I’d also be happier with world peace and a million bucks in my pocket. We can’t always have everything.
But the problem is that the IdeaPad S10-3t isn’t simply a netbook.
Excerpt: Lenovo's IdeaPad line is somewhat unpredictable. In our estimation, it's the company's "fun" line of products; in other words, it's the range of notebooks that they can tinker with, while the ThinkPad caters to business-class users. The IdeaPad S10 line of netbooks has been going for a few years now, obviously with a good deal of success. But as netbooks become more and more popular, the risk of creating another "also-ran" increases.
Pros: Great Touch Panel Response, Nice Design, Extremely Thin and Light
Cons: Lackluster Battery Life, Gets Rather Warm In Use, Sluggish Performance, Glossy Display Can't Be Used Outside, Trackpad